Write Act Repertory’s ‘Freeway Dreams’ creatively ponders drive time

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An entertaining and at times touching look at drivers’ fantasies while stuck in Los Angeles traffic, the world premiere of Freeway Dreams features excellent performances and toe tapping songs detailing the highs and lows of freeway driving.

Four drivers find themselves stuck on the 101 in a major SigAlert, and end up spending their time lost in thought about life, romance and career, sometimes ending up in each other’s daydreams.

Composer Wayne Moore has devised a humorous and moving score combining rhythm and blues, classic show tunes, Gilbert and Sullivan patter, classical and ballads, all filled with thoughtful and sometimes hilarious lyrics.

His tongue twister “And a Pizza to Go” parodies Gilbert and Sullivan, while “The Bette Davis Chorus” is sung to the tune of “Hallelujah Chorus” while images of Bette Davis’ characters flash by onscreen.

Actors energetically bring characters alive, demonstrating fine singing and comic skills in the process. Leslie Rubino (Deborah) shows great range and spark in her sensual “Doncha Wanna Know?,” while Ashley Douglas (Brenda) reveals both sassy and sweet sides in her belting. Jonathan Brett (Lee) displays expressive speed and feeling, with Darren Mangler (Andrew) subtle and charming.

Director Jim Blanchette has creatively staged the show for the tiny stage, with colorful cars as costumes allowing the characters to merge and pass like freeway traffic. Choreography is cute, and video projected backgrounds enhance the storytelling.

The entertaining Freeway Dreams imaginatively captures L.A. driver frustrations while thoughtfully examining their innermost fantasies.

Write Act Repertory presents “Freeway Dreams” Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm through June 11th at the Brickhouse Theatre located at 10950 Peachgrove St. in North Hollywood, just off Vineland Ave. Tickets are $15. For information, email info@writeactrep.org and to purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, or visit BrownPaperTickets.com.

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